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Old 03-26-2010, 09:22 PM   #17
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Default Re: Free speech versus hate speech

Originally Posted by orthodoxymoron View Post
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"First they came ..." is a popular poem attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. In Niemöller's first utterance of it, in a January 6, 1946 speech before representatives of the Confessing Church in Frankfurt, it went (in German):[1]

"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

and by that time no one was left to speak up."

Namaste Constitutional Responsible Freedom
Free speech is a misnomer.
It came at a high price, it had to be paid for with the lives of many.
So it must be respected.
That which is abused is weakened and lost.
That which is respected is strengthened and wholesome .

With respect and love
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